Announcing the Date: Configuring the Networked Self Online Symposium

During the week of March 5, we’re going to hold an online symposium on Julie Cohen’s important and engrossing book Configuring the Networked Self: Law, Code, and the Play of Everyday Practice (Yale University Press).  As Rebecca Tushnet noted at a celebration of Julie’s book held at Georgetown Law School (see here for her post on the event), Cohen “challenges us to imagine better: understand culture’s power and make policies that both acknowledge and attempt to work with that power.”  Some of what appealed to Dan Solove is the book’s exploration of privacy and creativity together, with all of their nuances. As Dan explained, “copyright and privacy both concern control over information; tension because scholars who argue for limits on copyright are often arguing for more protection for privacy—less control/more control over information.  Is there a coherent way to argue for less copyright/more privacy?  Cohen’s work establishes the normative foundations for that.”  One of my favorite contributions is the book’s illumination of networked architecture’s impact on human flourishing and her development of the Capabilities Approach to address pressing challenges to the practice of everyday life.

Concurring Opinions is thrilled to welcome an all-star group of scholars to lead the discussion, including the author Julie Cohen:

Anita L. Allen

Ann Bartow

Kristin Eschenfelder

Edward Felten

Ian Kerr

Jaron Lanier

Paul Ohm

Hector Postigo

Ted Striphas

Valerie Steeves

Michael Zimmer

In the meanwhile, get your copy of the book and mark your calendars!



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